My town’s busy for the manifestation of the Holy week in this month of April and I am quite burdened about certain personal things that we should all contemplate about, at least momentarily.
I am hopefully writing this for the purpose of bringing you and me into Godly peacemaking – just to water that tree of faith that God planted in our hearts and prune its withering branches so that we can grow more.
I admit that I am experiencing a lot of spiritual shakings and I believe you’re also on the same boat. There are times that I put first into priority my bursting emotions and I end up making disappointing decisions that could also affect the people around me.
So in my devotion, the Lord gave me an impression of His word in Matthew 6:19-34 (KJV) saying:
19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:
20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:
21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
22 The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.
23 But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!
24 No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.
25 Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?
26 Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?
27 Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?
28 And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:
29 And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
30 Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?
31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?
32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.
33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.
Haven’t you noticed that day after day, all the negatives we consider as such that are said to unfold, as they are indicated in the Bible to happen, are becoming much more literal? The Lord works in a seemingly unpleasant way for us but He means it for the good of many lives including yours and mine. The questions are to whom or what are we hoping for and to whom or to what should we give our trust? Manly government or God’s – an everlasting kingdom of prosperity and abundance?
On a short notice, young ones like me are squeezed on the issue of choosing career or simply, choosing our path to make a living. Putting God first and setting aside the ambition to be successful for the moment are on the top list that pass on us. Facing this kind of pressure is really challenging and my position on the context of social standing, as a young woman, it would be very hard to overcome it if I will not know my purpose and wholeheartedly acknowledge it, including the essence of divine love that surpasses all impossible things a man cannot do. Even with my own strength, I feel a foreboding failure at the very end of the day. But with all these happenings, we know that our love for God is being tested with His fire and nothing is worth more knowing and rewarding than loving God and His creation as the ultimate purpose of our life.
Putting into topic our attitude in responding to His call, one of the most dangerous character that unknowingly can be a part of us is pride. It locks the door in our heart when accepting rebukes. It leads us away from communicating to the Lord through prayer and it distracts us in worshiping Him. We would also feel very far from His Holy presence and protection when we feel like we have to give up a stronghold or habit that we cannot let go of when in fact, if you really do love Him, it is not even considered as giving up. The problem is complicated. There’s this diffusion of knowledge that is very widespread that we would think we don’t need any revelation from Him anymore. When we know a lot of His word, but we are not aware of the richness of His truth because of our lacking discernment and good sense of judgement, our way of living becomes more tragic and despondent. One must know how to handle their will and to whom should it be submitted for direction. In our case, we should already know that we are subject to God. When you receive Him as your Lord and Savior, automatically you are accepting His authority over your life now. Unless it is not explained well to you or you are not convicted, then you are walking on the right way. If you think you don’t, you might be walking down the aisle of rebellion – maybe not physically behaving in a violent way but spiritually you do.
So in pursuing the establishment of His kingdom, we as His children and warriors are also called to prepare His way (Mark 1:3). But we have to be vigilant as Peter (Jesus’ disciple) reminded us to be according to 1 Peter 5:8:
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
If you’ve got personal issues like me, don’t settle by just sitting there and doing nothing. First humble yourself then cry all your pains to the Lord. Read His empowering word, worship Him in spirit and in truth and He will surely heal you abundantly.
God bless and Shalom!
Joanna Lois Albesa is a working Filipina student in Italy who aspires to be a businesswoman. She is a Christian – Born Again and enjoys writing about her life experiences to inspire the young people of her generation. She blogs at tornoutpage.com.